Sleep Apnea Therapy in Maspeth
Sleep apnea (the cessation of breathing for ten or more seconds) is a sleep disorder that affects millions of US adults every year. There are two types of sleep apnea: central and obstructive. Central sleep apnea (CSA) occurs when the brain does not signal the lungs to inhale during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), as the name suggests, occurs when patients’ airways are blocked, preventing inhalation from occurring. At Maspeth Dental, we’re proud to offer patients suffering from OSA relief with customized, comfortable oral appliance therapy.
Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
While millions of patients are diagnosed with sleep apnea each year, millions more go without because the myriad signs and symptoms of sleep apnea may not seem to be related. In order to diagnose sleep apnea accurately and in the earliest stages, patients should be aware of the common warning signs and symptoms. These include:
- Feeling excessively tired or exhausted on a regular basis, no matter how much sleep is received
- Confusion, distraction, changes in personality, or memory loss
- Loud, consistent snoring
- Frequent headaches, earaches, and neck pain in the morning
- Dry mouth
- Frequently waking throughout the night gasping or breathless
The most commonly prescribed treatment for sleep apnea is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy. CPAP systems use a mouth or nasal mask to force air into the airway, constantly preventing patients from experiencing breathlessness. This treatment is often the only effective treatment for CSA. However, many patients who suffer from OSA may benefit from the use of oral appliances. These nightguards reposition the tongue and jaw while you sleep, keeping the airway open through the night. In more severe cases, a combination of CPAP and oral appliance therapy may be necessary. Contact our Maspeth dentist and team to find out more about your sleep apnea treatment options.
Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy
- Portability – Unlike CPAP systems that can be bulky and require water to function, traveling (especially via plane) with a nightguard is much more convenient.
- Comfort – Patients who use CPAP systems often report feeling uncomfortable or unable to sleep; some may even struggle for weeks before they are comfortable wearing the CPAP mask. Getting used to an oral appliance is a much simpler process in most cases.
- Quiet – Pushing air into the airway can be louder than the snoring associated with sleep apnea, and some patients and their bed partners struggle to get used to the noise. With a customized nightguard, patients don’t have to worry about this problem.
- Effective – In the short term, oral appliance therapy is just as effective as CPAP at keeping the airway clear during sleep. In fact, according to recent research, the consistent use of nightguards to reposition the jaw and tongue during sleep may lead to a correction of the obstruction over time.
Do you suspect that you or your spouse is suffering from sleep apnea? Taking our survey below can be a big help in understanding your condition and whether you should seek professional help from our Maspeth practice. Follow the appropriate link below to get started:
If you’ve experienced the common signs of sleep apnea, contact Dr. Lorber and the Maspeth Dental team to find out more. We’re happy to offer expert care for sleep apnea sufferers in Maspeth, Middle Village, and beyond.